When to take your child to hospital

The decision to take your child to hospital is difficult and this post attempts to help the parent who is unsure. Those symptoms such as cough, fever, or vomiting are common but occasionally may herald the onset of a more serious condition.

Febrile Convulsions

Febrile convulsions (seizures) occur in 3 percent of infants and toddlers between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. They occur usually during a viral illness and are associated with a temperature. They are frightening but not serious. There…


  Headaches probably occur in all ages but clearly become recognisable when a child can communicate. Up to 40% of children will have suffered a headache by the time they are 7.  The severity of the headache will affect activity.…


Migraines are surprisingly common during childhood, and can be  distressing as the headache can be  severe in intensity and result in missed schooldays and withdrawing from activities.  They can start at any age and parents will naturally…